American Samizdat

Sunday, September 23, 2007. *
Bush on Blackwater USA

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States...

This YouTube clip is an old clip that's not referring to the past month's events regarding Blackwater.

What's important about the clip is the example of the "Play Dumb/Inept" strategy.

"What law governs their actions?" the student asks.

"I was gonna ask (someone else), heh heh," the pResident replies.

But wait:

Bush issued Executive Order 13303 on May 22, 2003 by United States President George W. Bush to protect the Development Fund for Iraq for the rebuilding of Iraq from any legal attachments or liens. Further, it protects Iraqi oil products and interests and ownership by US persons (defined to include US corporations) from attachment as well. Executive Order 13303 also terminates sanctions specified in EO 12722, EO 12724, EO 13290, as it applies to the development fund. In effect, EO 13303 provides an extraordinarily broad legal shield for any and all contractors and mercenaries working in Iraq on behalf of US corporations in any oil related enterprise.

Bush certainly did not write EO13303 but, Bush certainly knows about EO13303. His liability was explained to him, so that Bush could generally evade answers to questions (such as the student's) and not be caught by surprise.

What's important here is (a) we don't react with disgust and contempt for Bush's inappropriate "humor" because (b) the strategy of "Play Dumb/Inept" is more important and more dangerous.

Team Bush/Rove/Cheney and their handlers have smartly crafted a strategy which uses most Americans' disgust for incompetence, for ineptness, for bad grammar, for Southern U.S. stereotypes, for social inexplicata against them.

The American Middle Class is being destroyed by justifiable but minor Middle Class prejudices.

His is not the Muppet he pretends to be.
posted by Uncle $cam at 8:27 PM
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